Improving Surgery Systems in Brazil

Challenge

Following the rule of the Khmer Rouge and subsequent civil war in Cambodia, the country’s health care workforce was sharply diminished. Over the past two decades, Cambodia has placed an emphasis on rebuilding and retraining doctors and nurses, establishing the Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) to provide high-quality medical care to children, free of charge.

Where We Started

Leslie Kean, MD, PhD, Director of the Stem Cell Transplant Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, has partnered with AHC to provide expertise and funding to support its Pediatric Oncology Training Initiative. While the majority of Cambodia’s health care resources are focused on improving primary care and infectious diseases, this initiative is dedicated to the placement and training of professionals capable of providing pediatric oncology care, oncology education and research skills.

Our Impact

Boston Children’s and local Cambodian colleagues are using the expertise and funding from this initiative to train physicians, nurses and data specialists in oncology at AHC, as well as to increase the provision of health care, medicines and other medical supplies needed for treating pediatric hematology/oncology patients in Cambodia.

You Can Make a Difference

With your support, we can continue to offer training and other support to expand access to specialized pediatric care around the world.